The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the State Commission on Overseas Vietnamese, Nguyen Thanh Son, made this statement during his meeting with UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova on February 29 in Paris, on the occasion of his visit to France.
The meeting was within the UNESCO Executive Board’s annual session from February 27 to March 10.
Speaking at the function, Deputy FM Son thanked General Director Irina Bokova for her fine sentiments toward the nation and people of Vietnam. He highlighted the results of Vietnam-UNESCO practical co-operation. The fact that many cultural, natural, intangible heritages and biosphere reserves of Vietnam have been granted world heritage status has made a significant contribution to the country’s socio-economic development.
Deputy Minister Son affirmed that Vietnam is ready to host the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultative Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO in June, at the same time of the 35th anniversary of the founding of Vietnam’s National Commission for UNESCO and the world heritage recognition ceremony of Ho citadel in Thanh Hoa province.
He also expressed Vietnam’s favour towards a plan of action proposed by General Director Bokova.
On the occasion, he put forward Vietnam’s proposal of recognising the Hung Kings death anniversary as a world intangible heritage.
For her part, General Director Irina Bokova recalled her unforgettable memories during her Vietnam visit on the occasion the country celebrated 1,000 years of Thang Long-Hanoi.
She spoke highly of Vietnam’s spirit of sharing and co-operation with UNESCO in difficult periods, saying that UNESCO considers Vietnam’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultative Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO as a practical and meaningful way of sharing difficulties.
She said she plans to visit Vietnam in June.